PHOENIX (Good Medical) – Staff members panicked in a long-term care facility struggled to save a baby born to an Arizona woman in a vegetative state, while they were shocked to learn that they were pregnant, announced the 911 audience released Friday.
The five minutes of audio from the birth of December 29 begin with a raging nurse from downtown Phoenix shouting, "The baby is turning blue! The baby becomes blue! "
"One of our patients just had a baby and we did not know that she was pregnant," said the nurse.
An emergency responder asked where the mother's pregnancy was. The nurse, still stunned, said no one would know.
"It's a complete surprise. We did not expect that, "she said.
The paramedic asked if anyone was practicing CPR and explained how to perform the appropriate compressions with two fingers in the center of the baby's chest. The nurse said the workers were using a resuscitation bag.
A few minutes later, the nurse expressed relief by saying "Thank God", the baby was now breathing and crying.
The woman and the little boy have recovered in a hospital. Their conditions were not released.
The 29-year-old woman, who has been incapacitated since the age of 3, has been sexually assaulted, according to the police, and is trying to find her abuser. The investigators collect the DNA of the male employees of the institution and any other person who may have been in contact with her.
The revelation that a woman in a vegetative state was raped inside a health facility horrified advocates for the rights of people with disabilities and the community at large. The CEO of Hacienda HealthCare resigned this week when the provider announced new security measures, including the presence of more than one staff member during patient interactions and increased monitoring of visitors.
The institution specializes in the provision of 24-hour care to infants, children and young adults with intellectual disabilities or who are "medically fragile".
The idea that none of the woman's caregivers knew she was pregnant aroused skepticism. But medical experts say it's possible she showed no outward signs that workers would have noticed, especially those who do not work with pregnant patients.
Although factors remain unknown, such as his state of advancement, someone who consumes the same amount each day of a tube could show no dramatic change, such as a swollen belly, said the Dr. C. Kevin Huls, clinical assistant professor director of the Maternal and Fetal Medicine Scholarship at the College of Medicine at the University of Arizona in Phoenix.
In a medical report, she is described as having tubes to feed her and help her breathe. The mother could actually lose weight elsewhere than in the face or arms if a fetus consumes nutrients, Huls added.
"A good way to understand this is that in reality, the baby will continue to grow, even at the expense of the mother's nutrition," said Huls. "So her weight may not change because she does not take extra calories. Your body may have changes that will not be detected in a chronic health condition or in an institution of this type. "
It also remains unclear whether anyone had noticed if the woman had stopped menstruating.
Dr. Laura Mercer, Clinical Assistant Professor and Director of the OB-GYN Internship at the Phoenix College of Medicine in the University of Arizona, stated that documenting a menstrual cycle was as important as recording other vital signs and bodily functions. Lack of rules for three months "should result in a medical assessment," Mercer said in an email.
According to the law of the Superior Court of Maricopa County, state law requires the mother of this woman, who is her legal guardian, to submit an annual report containing the results of a physical examination. On April 16, a doctor examined the woman and found "no change" in health during an external examination.
Her family, who belongs to the tribe of San Carlos Apaches in southeastern Arizona, said in a statement through the intermediary of her lawyer that she would take care of the small boy and asked for confidentiality.
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